Dr Dele Olajide is Associate Medical Director, Trust Caldicott Guardian and Governor at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
What experience do you bring to The Advocacy Project?
“I am a consultant psychiatrist at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM). People with mental health conditions are vulnerable, often disenfranchised and incapable of advocating for themselves, unless they have assertive and engaged relatives. I am a firm believer in giving these individuals and their carers a voice, which inspired me to become a trustee of The Advocacy Project.
As a Caldicott Guardian, I am responsible for making sure my trust adheres to the laws and regulations protecting the confidentiality of patient information. Part of my role is to help empower patients and improve transparency.
At SLAM I was involved in developing electronic patient records which can enable the co-production of patient records by both professionals and patients. In my service, we can project information onto a screen in real time during a meeting, so a patient can correct information for any factual inaccuracy. This ensures professionals are thoughtful and compassionate about what they write in patient notes. It engenders trust and has led to fewer complaints. This is a welcome shift in the professional /patient power relationship resulting in greater empowerment and autonomy for patients.
I have also been leading on greater openness in sharing information with carers and families. Carers play an important role in managing symptoms, behaviour and effect of medication on their loved ones. In order to carry out their caring roles more effectively, they need more information which we often have in our patients’ records.”
What do you like about being on the Board of Trustees?
“As a trustee of The Advocacy Project, I’m establishing robust performance indicators to help us monitor and improve our clinical and information processes. Having quality improvement data helps to improve efficiency. I am very supportive of the board reflecting the diversity of the London communities it serves.”
What do you do in your spare time?
“In June 2017 I am retiring from the NHS: I am excited to be leaving formal work behind and focusing on The Advocacy Project and my other interests. I am an honorary medical adviser to the Actors Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support for actors who have fallen on hard times, usually because of an illness. I am passionate about opera. I am a member of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera New York. I love London’s art and culture.”